The City of Bayonne announced the issuance of request for proposals this week for the establishment and maintenance of a bike-share program in Bayonne. The program is a good fit with the development of one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments near the light rail, which attract a young demographic. If the City were to implement the Citibike program, Bayonne may be more attractive to young professionals commuting to Jersey City or Manhattan, both of which have contracts with Citibike. Another option is to sign onto Hoboken’s Hudson Bike Share program, which Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer implemented in 2014, or create its own local bike-share program. Either way, residents may soon have one more option for getting around the long peninsula city. Click here for more.
Bayonne is one of eight municipalities and three counties in the watershed of the lower Passaic River and Newark Bay complex that were awarded more than $53 million in grants from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to improve public access and restore wetland ecosystems. Bayonne will receive $900,013 in grant money as part of a $190 million Natural Resource Damage settlement in 2014 reached by the DEP and the NJ Attorney General’s Office with Occidental Chemical Corporation and other parties responsible for discharging pollutants into the Passaic River. The purpose of Bayonne’s grant is to expand public access to its western shore by creating 1,200 feet of nature walkways. The project will include the creation of living shorelines, which use native vegetation and shellfish to naturally stabilize the banks of waterways. Part of the walkway will consist of an elevated boardwalk that will connect to a kayak access point and boat launch. Click here more.